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Franconia 2019 Artist Opportunities

Franconia Sculpture Park is now accepting applications for 2019 artist opportunities including fellowships, artist in residence, intern artists, hot metal residency, and arts administration internships

2019 Artist Fellowships @ Franconia Sculpture Park

Located on 43-acres in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, 45 miles northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA. Franconia offers a place where artists live, create, and exhibit three-dimensional artwork. Artists push themselves to achieve new visions at Franconia, beyond what they ever thought was possible. Each artist undergoes a transformation, leaving with a renewed focus, new skills, and lifelong connections.

Artists working in three-dimensions are invited to submit ambitious project proposals for the FSP/Jerome Fellowship program (open to MN & NYC artists) or the Open Studio Fellowship Program (open to artists worldwide). Sculpture, site-specific, multi-media, and installation work are considered. Artists are in residence at Franconia during their fellowship. Residencies start as early as April 1, lasting a minimum of 4 weeks and up to 3 months depending on the nature of the project. Installation must be complete by September 15. Up to 9 artists or artist teams will be awarded funding support, ranging from $3,500 to $7,000, to create and exhibit new work in a public outdoor setting.

2019 Intern Artist Opportunities @ Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia invites dedicated, career-bound and emerging artists to apply for the Intern Artist Fellowship Program. Intern Artists are provided room, board, outdoor studio space, creative & technical guidance, and professional development resources in exchange for daily support in park & exhibition maintenance; education & outreach programming; and fellowship artist assistance. Intern Artists are in residence 2 to 3 months and are encouraged to create a new sculpture for exhibition at Franconia.  

Deadline: February 9, 2019

2019 Hot Metal Residency @ Franconia Sculpture Park

Hot Metal Interns arrive July 18 and are joined by Hot Metal Artists on July 25. During the residency, you will participate in bonded sand mold-making workshops, and work together on a pour crew for the community Iron Pour on August 3 and the Artists-in-Residence Pour on August 10.

Cost for the residency is $450. The fee is waived for interns in exchange for daily assistance with pour preparations and educational workshops. The fee for artists includes outdoor studio space, up to 2,000 lbs of sand and 300 lbs of iron, tools required for large-scale work, equipment, engineering, and staff support. Artists and interns camp on-site and participate in Franconia’s daily cooking and cleaning schedule. All artists are expected to bring hand tools, safety equipment, and small power tools. Work made during the residency and pour will be included in Franconia’s Hot Metal exhibition.

Deadline: March 9, 2019

Arts Administration Internship @ Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park’s Arts Administration Internship provides ‘hands-on’ immersion in the daily operations of a progressive arts organization located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, 45 miles NE of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA. Franconia provides residence and workspace to emerging and established artists in a 43-acre sculpture park.

There are two different types of administrative interns. Program interns will support Franconia’s education & public programing. The Development intern will work directly with the development manager to support fundraising campaigns. Both interns work closely with Franconia’s staff so interns have a rare opportunity to be immersed in many types of projects and work experiences. 

This type of internship is best suited for those interested in exploring public art, museum studies, arts administration, or nonprofit management careers. Primary responsibilities include assisting staff with day-to-day operations of the artist and education programs and may include helping with research; social networking outreach; marketing and publicity; graphic/web design; photography; database management; and assisting with activities that help promote Franconia and enhance public participation.  

Arts Administration Internships are unpaid and last two to four months. This internship is flexible and can be scheduled to accommodate other commitments and varying time frames. We require a commitment of at least 16 hours a week for locally based interns who commute to Franconia. Interns who stay in residence at Franconia (free room & board) contribute at least 35 hours per week.

Franconia agrees to work with the intern to fulfill any necessary academic requirements and address any identified learning goals/objectives. 

For complete details and application instructions, visit Franconia’s website: http://www.franconia.org/artsadmin.html

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Qualifications
Applicants should be a dependable, organized, friendly, detail-oriented, flexible individual possessing strong written and verbal communication skills, and able to manage multiple projects and work independently. Word processing skills are required, graphic and/or web design skills are preferred. Applicants are expected to have strong communication skills and represent the organization in a professional manner.

  • Education: Must possess an undergraduate degree or be currently studying towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in nonprofit administration or development, art history, arts administration or related field.

  • Experience: The candidate must be confident working with the public and managing volunteers in a busy setting. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are requirements for this position.

  • Software: (Some training provided) MS Office, Google Docs. Experience with CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software is a plus, but not required. Some experience with Adobe Creative Suite desired.

  • Compensation: Funds are not available through Franconia at this time but if in conjunction with a college or university funding is often available through career services. Room & board may be available in exchange for a minimum schedule of 35 hours per week working at Franconia.

  • Education Credit: We work with all higher education institutions to ensure you will receive credit for your experience, if applicable. To help offset travel and personal expenses, some schools or private individuals may sponsor internships. To learn more about intern sponsorship click here.

Please note: Administrative Interns do NOT receive studio space nor is their artwork included in the exhibition. If you are interested in a studio-based internship, please apply for the Intern Artist Program.

Availability
Franconia is open to accommodating individual schedules for a well qualified candidate. Schedules will be determined on an individual basis. The Administrative Intern Program is a minimum of 10 weeks and up to 6 months in duration. 

For all the above opportunities (and for complete details and application instructions), visit Franconia’s website: http://www.franconia.org/ArtistOpportunities.html.Contact Amber White with questions at info@franconia.org or(651) 257-6668

Nw MN Annual Art Exhibit

2019 ANNUAL ART EXHIBIT — DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28 TO APPLY!

Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit — Open Now

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest “Call for Entries” for the 2019 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 28, 2019!

This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Badger at the community center and runs from March 18 through March 31, 2019.

Artists from our 7 county service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception. The Artist Reception will be on Sunday, March 31.

Click for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-9111 or email Mara. The application must submitted no later than February 28, 2019.  There is a teacher spreadsheet available by emailing Mara.  Teachers can also submit a Word file with student work samples to ease the process.

Here are some main pages on our website that you can click into from our navigation on the left.

Art Exhibit

NW MN Art Exhibit

NWMAC Art Exhibit Directions

NWMAC Art Exhibit Rules

We encourage you to enter with our on-line system!  Login in the upper right corner of our website.  And create a user or use your past Login.  The link below takes you directly to the Login.

ONLINE PORTAL

NWMAC is also accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  Awards will be presented at the Artist Reception on March 31 in Badger. For more information, click here.

Call for Entries: NDMOA’s This Week Only

All Artists are invited to place one work of art in the

North Dakota Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition

This Week Only, January 27– February 2, 2019

This Week Only is the Museum’s most popular exhibition from our region. Imagine a panoply of art from the Red River Valley and surrounding plains and woodlands; walls covered with works springing from our own place to brighten our lives in the dead of winter.
This is the third This Week Only exhibition, the only non-curated show in the Musuem’s schedule. Last year they changed the dates and closed on the day of the Annual Benefit Dinner. Remember, don’t submit works of art you entered in either of the two earlier exhibitions as the public will remember.
Last year people poured in and lingered over a hundred works on paper, paintings, sculptures, photographs, crafts, and multi-media everything. The opening brought a nice and eager crowd, raising over $72,000.  Again this year, if one wishes to buy at the opening or in advance of the Dinner, a 20% premium will be added to the sale price.
Artists:  The Museum is ready to invite you to do it again. Please submit, buy, celebrate, and expand your visual acuity, or just have fun. As noted above, they are showcasing the show during the Museum’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Your work will be the highlight of the evening and a benefit for you and the Museum. The Benefit Dinner is the region’s most glittering and festive occasion. Instead of the customary Silent Auction, the art in This Week Only will be offered for sale with proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and the Museum. Artists set their own prices.
Eligibility: If you are a serious artist from North Dakota, Southern Manitoba, neighboring Minnesota, and northern South Dakota, you are invited to submit one artwork of your choice to This Week Only.
Dates: The show officially opens at 2 pm on Sunday, January 27, 2019, and continues for one week, closing on Saturday evening, February 2.
Delivery of Art: Museum staff will be on hand January 19 – 24  to receive the art during the Museum’s regular hours: 9 – 5 weekdays and 1 – 5 on Saturday and Sunday.
If you wish to ship, the art must arrive at the Museum within the receiving time. They will return it to you in your packing materials and charge your credit card for the cost. Make these arrangements on the Entry Form.
Acceptable Artwork: Two-dimensional works of art cannot be larger than a total of 16 feet. (For example 1 x 7 feet, 2 x 6 feet, 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 4 feet or any size smaller.) If you are submitting three-dimensional or non-wall work, please give them a call to discuss special considerations.  Sculpture must fit through a regular door (7 x 3 feet). Special equipment needed for display—including sculpture stands, monitors and projectors—must be furnished by the artist. The art must be ready for installation, including proper framing to protect the art. No clips and string, or other devices that will allow the work to slip out of the hanging apparatus, become unhinged, or become damaged. This is an uninsured exhibition so artists must protect their own. The Museum can refuse works of questionable condition, and hang certain works in designated areas.
Entry Fee: $25 prior to or when the work arrives at the Museum.
People’s Choice Award: All visitors will be asked to vote.
Sale of Art: All work must be for sale and priced according to your current retail sales expectations. Remember, artists establish the sale price and split proceeds 50/50 with the Museum. Those who wish to buy before the Museum Dinner may pay an extra 20% and it’s theirs. All buyers may take the work home after the Benefit Dinner.
Return of Art: Works not sold can be picked up during regular Museum hours from February 5 – 10. Work not reclaimed or sold will not be stored at the Museum—if you saw how pressed they are for space you would understand.
This event honors Walter Hopps (1932-2005), one of America’s most beloved and creative curators, whose 1978 Thirty-Six Hours was the first such known exhibition. Francisco Alvarado, who made the jungle installation last season in the Museum’s Weeds show, had a work in Thirty Six Hours. It was purchased by Joseph Hirshhorn (the founder of the Hirshhorn Museum) who Francisco credits with kicking off his artistic career.

Public Art Mural Opportunity for the Blandin Foundation

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Public Art Mural Opportunity

Request for Qualifications

Blandin Foundation has contracted with Forecast Public Art to facilitate a call for an artist/team to design and create a mural on the outside of the Blandin Foundation building. Artists are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered to participate in the design phase for the public art opportunity described below.

Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, with a mission to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. Their vision is healthy, inclusive rural communities.

Mission

Be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area.

Vision

Healthy, inclusive rural communities.

Values

As stewards of the Blandin Foundation legacy, they commit themselves to a leadership role on these deeply held beliefs:

Inclusion is Vital – We recognize all people, voices and world views as essential to healthy community.

Relationships Matter – We encourage courageous dialogue, trust, and reciprocity among partners to create positive change.

Integrity is Core – Our actions are guided by honesty, transparency and trustworthiness.

Blandin Foundation has proudly made its home in Itasca County (north central Minnesota) for more than 75 years. This region was the “wood basket” of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Paper Company when it was owned by Foundation founder Charles Blandin in the early 20th Century. We continue to stand with Itasca area communities as they design and claim vibrant futures in the 21st Century.

Blandin Foundation’s “home giving area” is Itasca County, plus Blackduck, Hill City, Northome, and Remer, and would like to honor these communities on the outside of their building. This mural will be highly visible, as the wall on Blandin Foundation building faces a major entry point into the city of Grand Rapids and highway 169, which sees heavy vehicle traffic. The building also sits on the edge of the Mississippi River, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. This Request for Qualifications is for an outdoor mural on the Blandin Foundation building, to be unveiled in fall of 2019.

Blandin Foundation would like to use this public art initiative to reflect the values on which it is based, honor the communities it serves, and reflect the identities of smaller, rural communities. One artist/team will be commissioned to create a mural which will be located on the outside of the building.

Budget: $70,000 [plus $1000 to 3 finalist artists/teams to present their design ideas in person].

Qualifications are due Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4pm CST. 

  • Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams. 
  • Lead artist must have professional qualifications to complete a mural project of this scale. Additional team members may have a variety of experiences.
  • At least one member of the team must be currently based in the Grand Rapids area.
  • Applicant/team must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.

Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: jenk@ forecastpublicart.org. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Thursday, January 3, 2019. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or furtherinformation, contact Jen Krava, Forecast Creative Services Manager, at jenk@forecastpublicart.org